How to Change Colors in Crochet

How to Change Colors in Crochet

Changing colors in crochet offers a creative way to enhance your projects with diverse designs. The versatile nature of crochet allows you to explore various color combinations for any envisioned creation. However, mastering the art of transitioning between colors can pose a challenge. In this post, we of Handmade Learning Here team will guide you through five different techniques to seamlessly change colors in crochet.

Materials Needed:

Before diving into color transitions, ensure you have a yarn needle, the new yarn color you intend to use, and your crochet hook.

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Thread and Transition:

Thread the new yarn color through the yarn needle and pull the old color tight. Now, you can commence crocheting with the new color.


Choosing Your Color:

Crochet provides flexibility in adding color. You can change colors simply by switching the yarn or by incorporating a slip stitch or single crochet in the new color, followed by a chain 1.

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  • For a slip stitch in the new color, insert your hook before the chain 1 space, pull up a loop, yarn over, and pull through both loops on your hook.
  • For a single crochet in the new color, insert your hook before the chain 1 space, draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through one loop, then yarn over and pull through two loops.


Additional Tips for Color Changes:

If you plan to change colors within a crochet project, consider the following tips:

Ensure the new color is thoroughly mixed with the old color before starting to prevent a murky appearance.

Use a new ball of yarn for each color change to maintain stitch consistency and prevent accidental color shifts.

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For a single crochet stitch color change, hold the old color in your left hand and the new color in your right hand. Insert the hook into the first stitch, yarn over, and pull through both loops, creating a new color loop. Repeat for all stitches in the row.

For double or triple crochet stitches, hold both colors together and switch between them, following the appropriate steps.


Creating Colorful Patterns:

Changing colors in crochet is a straightforward process. Slip the next color yarn over the existing color yarn, pull through both loops, resulting in two loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops to complete the transition.


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Color Wheel Techniques:

Explore advanced techniques like slip stitch Tunisian decrease or the half double crochet (hdc) stitch to modify colors. Tunisian decrease involves working sc2tog over the first 2 stitches, while hdc changes both yarns used in the stitch.


Skill Level: Basic


  • Yarn
  • 5.5 mm crochet hook
  • Scissors

Written in standard US terms


How to Change Colors in Crochet: Step by step

This tutorial utilizes the single crochet stitch, but the technique remains the same for any other basic stitches.

Step 1: When progressing through your crochet project and deciding to switch colors, extend the last stitch. However, before completing the final yarn over, discontinue the use of the current color. In the example, the color was orange (refer to the picture).


Step 2: Take your new color (blue in this instance) that you’re transitioning to and place it over your crochet hook. Maintain the previous color untouched! 🙂

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Step 3: Pull the blue yarn through the two orange loops, turn your project, and chain 1 (for single crochets; chain two for double crochets or three for triple crochets).



Step 4: Continue working your pattern as instructed.


Final Project: Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to change colors in crochet. The final project showcases an additional row of a new color.

How to Change Colors in Crochet

How to Change Colors in Crochet: VIDEO TUTORIAL

Below we leave a didactic video that will show you how to change the colors!




Crochet is an excellent medium for infusing color and personality into your projects. With the techniques outlined in this article, changing colors in crochet becomes a manageable and enjoyable aspect of your creative process. Master these methods, and you’ll be able to effortlessly mix and match colors for your next crochet masterpiece.

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